Amid coronavirus lockdowns across Mexico, at least six states report higher homicide rates than the previous year.
Violence in Mexico has been on the rise for decades, fuelled in part by a flow of illegal firearms from the United States.
Much of the blame recently has fallen on Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who was elected on a platform of scaling back violent crime.
Many worry the worsening security crisis could set a new record for violence by the end of 2020.
Al Jazeera’s Manuel Rapalo reports.